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Whether the I CAN that comes to you seems "too small" to be important or seems "too big" to be possible, please try to trust that your ideas are just right. When you truly honor your heart, you can create a change that ripples out from you to those around you and to the community at large as part of a global change. Your I CAN, no matter how small or how big, is part of changing the world. Thank you for joining us in saying I CAN WE CAN end violence.
Materials: Gather whatever materials you might like to use to create. Face paint, makeup and washable markers can work well directly on your hand. Some people have also traced their hands on paper and written in the outline. Your choice of materials can be as creative as you like. We suggest meditative music (feel free to "play" the I CAN Meditation Room for accompanying music). Please have a camera, smart phone or other device easily accessible to take a picture so your I CAN can be visible and be counted.
Time: We suggest setting aside a half-hour to a full hour, if possible, of uninterrupted time.
Support: Experiencing this with a friend can be quite powerful. We welcome you to reach out and find an I CAN buddy with whom to do the project. Sharing each step of the process provides a sounding board of support.
Let's begin! Here are the steps:
1. Listening for I CAN
Would you like to be part of creating a world free of domestic violence and sexual assault? Listen for any I CANs that come to mind. You might notice them in your mind's eye. You might notice them writing on paper, free flowing, trusting whatever comes out. All thoughts are welcome, even if they seem too small to matter or too big to be possible.
2. Creating I CAN
Now create your I CAN. Your hand is your canvas. Write on it with markers, lipstick, face paint or anything else you choose. Your I CAN could be glued on, placed on paper or held in the palm of your hand.
3. Documenting I CAN
Take a photo of your I CAN hand as your pledge to be part of ending abuse. Your I CAN hand could be against any background that you choose: colored paper, your face, blades of grass or whatever most powerfully expresses your commitment.
4. Joining WE CAN
We hope you will add your I CAN hand to the online gallery where it will join the ripple of hands across the country that are rising up. Please share it via social media to welcome an ever-widening circle saying I CAN WE CAN end the violence.
Thank you for joining this movement of people coming together to collectively embrace I CAN!
Prepare all materials before you start working on your hand as it will be more difficult to work using only the other hand. Some types of face paint may be difficult to get off (especially red). Sharpies and other permanent markers may stain your hand for several days unless you use alcohol to remove them. Be mindful of the background you will use when photographing your hand while you’re creating.
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